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16:30 AEST on Tuesday 4 August 2015 | Cloud/surface composite, Australia

Cloud/surface composite, Australia satellite image of Australia at Tue Aug  4 06:30:00 2015

Images from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT via Bureau of Meteorology.

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
Bureau National Operations Centre
Satellite Notes for the 1800UTC chart on 4 August 2015
Issued at 5:00 am EST Wednesday on 05 August 2015

The cloud band extending from eastern Victoria and into the southern Tasman Sea
is associated with a cold front. Cellular clouds with thunderstorms can be seen
in the cold air behind this cold front mostly to the southeast of Tasmania. 

Another cloud band over the northern Tasman Sea is due to a surface trough.

A second surface trough is responsible for the cloud band with embedded
thunderstorms off the northern New South Wales coast.

Southwesterly flow driven by a high pressure ridge to the southwest of the
continent has brought areas of low cloud to the southern parts of the country.

Interaction between an upper level disturbance and a third surface trough has
generated an extensive area of cloud over the Indian Ocean, with high cloud
streaming ahead of the system to the southwest parts of WA.

The remainder of the country is mostly clear due to a high pressure ridge.